Writing: Characters and Dialogue

Characters are one of the most important elements in a story, and dialogue is an effective way of conveying character. This category is for questions relating to characterization and the creation of dialogue.

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Writing: Characters and Dialogue
Literary Terminology
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What are the features and elements of narratives?

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Short Stories

Is loyalty the theme in Lob's Girl?

Yes, loyalty is a theme in Lob's Girl.

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Script Writing

How do you write a conversation between two friends discussing their holiday plans?

Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one another, you need to go take a break and go somewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd for one to two hours and just listen to people talking. Then, go home and write down some of the things you heard people saying. That's dialogue.

When you need to have your characters talk, just pretend it's you and a friend (or several friends), and have them say something you'd probably say in the same situation. Then imagine what your friends would say in reply, and go back and forth that way. As you become a better writer, your characters themselves will "tell" you what they want to say, because they become like real people to you.

nikil:- hi rupesh, how r u ?

rupesh:- fine and you .

nikil:- me too. what's up?

rupesh:- Nothing special, i m frustrated to whole day of work.

nikil:- Me too. Do one thing, we all friends are going to hill station, why are u not join us?

rupesh;- When u will go? And where r u?

nikil;- We are going to nanital at 8th March. Are u coming ?

rupesh;- of course why not? its my pleasure to join all of u .

nikil:- Ok done, i inform to all. OK bye

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What is a good name for Crocodile-Men?

You need to invent your own names if you're going to be a writer. Don't depend on some anonymous person on the internet to invent your characters for you!

I use online name generators for the names of my secondary characters - the main characters. I take my time and choose special names from baby name books!

Writers who copy ideas from other people can also end up in trouble for plagiarism! If you copy someone's names or ideas, then when you publish your story, they could claim you stole those from them and sue you for part of your money.

Click on the LINK for a character name generator!

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What are the different methods of characterization?

Chaucer invented a list -- of six ways -- for describingand analyzing characters:

What the character said

What the character did

What the character thought

What the character wore

What the narrator said about the character

What other characters said about the character

The three methods of characterization are

1. showing the characters by what they do and think.

2. by showing what other characters say about them.

3. by describing their physical features dress and personality

The author reveals the personality of a character by showing what the character does and how he acts or responds to a situation.

"Characterization is the use of literary techniques to reveal the nature of a character. A writer may reveal a character in four different ways.

The writer may:

-describe the character's appearance.

-report the character's speech and behavior.

-describe the reactions of other characters to the individual.

-reveal the character's thoughts and feelings."

Characterization is the act of creating a character.

The elements, or how an author goes about creating a character, are below:

1.) Speech and actions of the character

2.) Speech and actions of other characters

3.) Physical description

4.) Direct comment from narrator

5.) Environment

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Children's Books

Who are the main characters in Just Ella?

ella

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What are some good teacher names?

Teachers are people. Any name is a good teacher name.

Try the links below.

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What are some ugly names for fictional characters?

You need to invent your own names - writers who copy ideas from other people end up in trouble for plagiarism! If you copy someone's names or ideas, then when you publish your story, they could claim you stole those from them and sue you for part of your money.

I use online name generators for the names of my secondary characters - the main characters, I take my time and choose special names from baby name books!

For "ugly" names, just pick names you think are ugly - everybody has their own idea of what's pretty and what's ugly.

Click on the LINKS for character name generator websites!

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Writing: Characters and Dialogue

What are words for other characters reaction?

Characters react any way that people react - you can use any descriptive word that fits the situation. Here are some hints.

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How do you come up with good character names?

You can come up with good character names in an assortment of ways.

You can use a name generating website (click on Add Related Links to the left),You can use a baby name book,You can use old census records,You can use a phone book,you can use a school yearbook,You can use the credits list of any movie or television show,You can use a newspaper or journal - some writers swear by British tabloids,You can use a word in another language which has a meaning relevant to your character,You can use any word you like for a name (For example there are actual people named Stone. Tequila, Locutus, London, Mary Christmas, Maryetta Pancake, Iamme Perfect and Texas sisters Ura Hogg and Imma Hogg!), and,You can make up a name that sounds good to you. One way is to write a song lyric out without spaces (ohsaycanyousee, for example) and pick out interesting or unusual letter combinations (Sayca, Cany, etc.)

Famous Authors' Suggestions:

"I'm always in the lookout for clever character names. I harvest them from theater programs, maps, telephone books, TV listings. But my newest resource comes right out of the internet age. It costs nothing if you have access to the Web. In fact, those names arrive by the bucketful every day in your e-mail in-box. That's right! It's spam! Or rather, spammers, those falsely named 'senders' who are constantly flogging mortgages and Russian brides and male enhancement products. The names are usually too eccentric for your hero or heroine, but they're great for secondary characters, proving that spam is actually good for something. "

~Linda Needham

"I think the naming of characters is one of the most important elements in storytelling. If you start with the belief that your story lives or dies with character, then you begin to see how important a name could be. I believe it is important that the writer never misses an opportunity to say something about character. A name is a good starting point. "

~Michael Connelly

When inventing character names, Evan Marshall recommends you keep these questions in mind:

  • Does the character's background suggest any names or types of names?
  • Would the character's parents have been likely to choose a certain name or kind of name?
  • What names were in fashion when the character was born?
  • Would a nickname or less formal version of a name be appropriate for this person?

"It took us forever to name our mystery series character. Thank goodness for the global find-and-replace feature in Word. Finally, we settled on Peter for a first name because it's masculine but not macho. For the last name we wanted something short, strong, and easy to remember. We settled on Zak. We might have chosen differently if we'd realized that the name would have to be modified in the Dutch translations. In Dutch, both 'Peter' and "Zak' are swear words - I believe for the same unmentionable. "

~Hallie Ephron, half of G.H. Ephron

"For many of my books, I give the protagonists names I always wished my parents had given me. [...] I named the secondary characters after people I had sat beside in elementary school."

~Sarah Mlynowski

"It's very popular in the African-American culture for new moms to make up their own names based on an existing name - 'updating them' with a new rhythm, usually by adding sounds to the beginning or the end. For example, in 'A Personal Matter' I created several young black women who had made-up names like Diamonique, T'keysa, and Nalexi. "

~Karyn Langhorne

More ideas and tips from WikiAnswers Contributors:

Try to make sure that first and last names start with different letters - remember all those characters in the Superman comics whose initials were all L.L. ?Vary the sound and length of the character's first and last names - if they have a short first name, try using a longer last name, or vice versa.Try to avoid having all the character names coming from one ethnic background, or sounding alike, or beginning or ending in similar ways.Try to avoid overly long first names for your main characters.Check via search engines (e.g., Google) to be sure that none of the names you picked have any unusual problems (e.g., see paragraph below).

Any list of names can help you come up with a character name. There is only one thing to remember: never use the name of anybody who is even slightly famous! If you use an actual person's name, like Kanye West, then he can sue you for writing about him. If you simply adore the name Kanye, be sure that your character has a totally different middle and last name so that the real Kanye can't claim you are slandering him.

When using a list of names, it's a good idea to use only one of the names given, especially if the name is unusual. That way, there's almost no chance that you will hear from an actual person complaining that you've written something bad about them.

Some tips on names from different fiction genres:

Stories set in the modern era(s) -

use more modern sounding namesstick to more modern name lists such as a phone book or baby name bookkeep the stereotypes in mind; most modern names have a mental image that goes along with them, such as the idea of a man named Dick versus a man named Rick

Stories set in the past -

use older names or historical namesuse older lists of names, or use a fantasy name generatorkeep the location in mind; older names are not going to cross ethnic boundaries the way modern names do. You're not going to find a Viking named Alonzo or a Bedouin named Daisy

Fantasy tales -

make up your own languageuse older names or historical nameschoose an ethnic base for your names, such as Norse for one area and Arabic for anothercombine different ethnic flavors to create unique names

Science Fiction tales -

make up your own languageuse any name that you wish - your planet might have a background which would make the citizens use historical or fantasy type names, or it might be a more modern planetchoose an ethnic base for your names if the planet was colonized by people from Earthmake your alien names descriptive - short, harsh names for bad aliens, for example; or melodic names for good aliens

Names are so important when it comes to creating a character. The sound of the name can reflect what kind of personality the character has, or hint at your plans for the character's future. For example:

Do you want them to have a really pretentious name? Go with an old European name - especially one of the little-used English ones like Leslie for a guy or Phillipa for a girl.Do you want the name to flow and sound calm? Listen to the syllables and get a rhythm going. Sharon Elizabeth might be good for a girl, or John Michael for a guy.Do you want the name to be short and choppy? Try a nickname or an Oriental name.Do you want the name to sound silly? Go with rhyming names, or alliteration, or really mixed-up ethnic names like Joshua Ching Sanchez.Do you want an exotic character? Look up some names from exotic cultures or little-known countries.Do you want your character to be marked for greatness? Try giving them a "hero" name like Arthur, or a name that means "kingly" or "great." You could give them a nickname that hints at greatness - Jim Butcher's Furies series has a character named Tavi, who you learn is actually nicknamed that from his true name Octavian (he's the eighth generation of rulers and has been hidden away as a child to save his life).

There are many ways to come up with good character names. Here are some places where you can find lists of names:

  • a baby name book
  • a telephone book
  • the credits list on any movie or tv show
  • the obituary column in a newspaper
  • a company directory
  • a magazine or newspaper - they have pages listing their contributors
  • a charity list of donors
  • the internet - use a search engine to look up "names"
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Writing: Characters and Dialogue

What are some good killing names?

I don't know what you mean by "killing name" but here's a name generator website.

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What is a good name for an alien princess?

You need to invent your own names - writers who copy ideas from other people end up in trouble for plagiarism! If you copy someone's names or ideas, then when you publish your story, they could claim you stole those from them and sue you for part of your money. Click on the LINKS for character name generator websites!

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Whats A good Last name for Brooklyn for a Girl?

I would like Brooklyn Baine or Brooklyn Lore or maybe even Brooklyn Lainey

Are you going to let some anonymous person on the internet name your characters, or are you going to become a real writer and make up your own character names?? Check out the related question to see how actual writers make up character names.

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What is a quintessential character?

  • Characters are in many respects typical or odrinary but thay are significant because they embody an entire group
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How do authors use characters to explain ideas?

sometimes an author will use the character as an example to what its trying to explain

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What does dialog mean in story?

A conversation between two or more people. (or characters in a drama or narrative) by: Sherahmae^_^

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What are some examples of dialogue and conversation?

Nobody can tell you what to write - you must write what is in your own heart and mind. Copying what someone else has written leads to dull, boring writing that is not going to help you learn how to write better.

If you want to write believable dialogue, be observant in your daily life and pay attention to the way that people speak so that you can develop the art of concocting conversations that keeps the audience listening.

Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one another, you need to go take a break and go somewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd for one to two hours and just listen to people talking. Then, go home and write down some of the things you heard people saying. That's dialogue.

When you need to have your characters talk, just pretend it's you and a friend (or several friends), and have them say something you'd probably say in the same situation. Then imagine what your friends would say in reply, and go back and forth that way. As you become a better writer, your characters themselves will "tell" you what they want to say, because they become like real people to you.

This is an example of dialouge.

"Algernon, did you hear what I was playing?" Jane asked.

"Whatd'ya mean? The horrid out-of-tune canapony?"

"No the lilting ballad."

"No, I didn't hear that."

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Writing: Characters and Dialogue

How do you get rid of a character?

It is often not easy to get rid of a character. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tried to get rid of his character Sherlock Holmes by picturing his disappearance along with the notorious Professor Moriarti in the Reechenbach Falls. An avalanche of protests even from his mother was the result. So in the immediate next story he presented Holmes as saying he was not killed in the falls, for he had not gone into it. But unpopular characters can be tried to be got rid of in similar ways.

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Books and Literature

What are the six methods of characterization in literature?

1. What character says

2. What character does

3. What character thinks

4. What author directly states

5. What others think

6. What others say.

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Writing: Characters and Dialogue

What are some good names for female story characters?

You need to invent your own names - writers who copy ideas from other people end up in trouble for plagiarism! If you copy someone's names or ideas, then when you publish your story, they could claim you stole those from them and sue you for part of your money.

I use online name generators for the names of my secondary characters - the main characters, I take my time and choose special names from baby name books!

Click on the LINKS for character name generator websites!

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Writing: Characters and Dialogue

What are some good scientist names?

You need to invent your own names - writers who copy ideas from other people end up in trouble for plagiarism! If you copy someone's names or ideas, then when you publish your story, they could claim you stole those from them and sue you for part of your money.

I use online name generators for the names of my secondary characters - the main characters, I take my time and choose special names from baby name books!

Click on the LINKS for character name generator websites!

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Authors, Poets, and Playwrights
Writing: Characters and Dialogue

How do authors develop characters?

the author develops character by giving the reader information about the character such as personality traits, backround, relationships, flaws, and actions.

There are several ways to develop characters:

  • Direct characterization: simply telling what the character looks like, acts like, etc.
  • Indirect characterization: showing the character acting and speaking, which gives the reader the idea of what the character is like
  • Dialogue: the character's speech can tell a lot about that character, such as their education or place of origin or social class or even what they're thinking
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Supernatural and the Occult
Writing: Characters and Dialogue

What are werewolf names?

Werewolf names are names given to werewolves.

If you need a name, I suggest behindthename.com - they have a large selection of names from all over the world, some of which sound pretty outlandish. Alternatively, you could string a bunch of letters together until they are formed into a pronounceable word.

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What are three ways you can tell that a new character is going to speak in a story?

1. Quotation Marks.

2. The words He/She said in the beginning of a sentence typically indicate a

character will be speaking.

3. The words John/Jane told me at the beginning of a sentence also indicate that a

character is speaking.

4. Sometimes a sentence will start with John/Jane asked and then that indicates that

the character is about to speak.
well i put this on one of my papers and i got 100% so I'd say that these are right.........

1.) if there are quotation marks, i know it sounds obvious but it is one of the ways

2.) tag words such as said, replied, answered, etc......... sound right?

3.) the name of a new character will be written, the name will be different than the first characters ex. bobby asked, "When is your birthday?"

then Peppe replied, "October 5th!"

4.) now look up and see how i started a new paragraph when a new character spoke, there's your fourth way!

hope this was helpful
There are quotation marks "like these"
you can tell that a new character is going to speak in a story when its a new paragraph
Quotation marks, indentation to mark a new paragraph and tag lines such as using the words said or replied!

  1. If someone else has talked beforehand, put the new character's speech on a new line.
  2. Give the reader some clue like "She glared at me..." and then put in the speech.
  3. Use quotation/speech marks.
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History of England
Baby Names
Writing: Characters and Dialogue

What are some good Tudor names for girls?

Elizabeth

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